Rising Style Icon: Letoya Luckett

Ever since I was a crazed Destiny’s Child fan, I have always admired and adored Beyonce the most. However, when it came down to great looks, I’ve always secretly believed Letoya was the prettiest. Now that Letoya Luckett is back on the radar as a solo artist, her true style and great looks are really getting noticed. Though she might be an EX-Destiny member, she has risen from being an outcast off the island of “Destiny” to a Rising Style Icon on my radar..

At the Grammy’s in February. This outfit put her back on the radar for me.

This amazing statement necklace takes the conservative neckline to new heights. It took me a while to warm up to this snakeskin envelope clutch, but because of the simplicity of the dress, I’ll let her get away with it. Love the color of this dress! Not a fan of the pumps, though.

Ms. Luckett sported this bedazzled minidress look at the BET Awards on June 28th. Risque but not too much. The shoes are interesting. I think I might have preferred some diamond-studded stilettos but I’ll let these metallic platforms rock!

This dress/statement-necklace pair really took it there for me. When I saw her go on stage and present in this look, I was immediately drawn to the layered chainlink crystal chains. With a neutral color like this one, you need something extra to make it POP. So, the necklaces were definitely a good choice. Again, not a fan of the shoes! I don’t know, maybe its her ankles that throw things off for me?? Rule of thumb for those with skinny, barely-there ankles, don’t wear shoes that straddle them – especially not platform because they EMPHASIZE the slimness in the ankle.

Although she hasn’t made the best shoe choices, I applaud Letoya for showing up and showing out at these Awards shows. I mean that’s why she’s a “Rising” icon… not quite there yet. But she will be if she keeps up the good work…

Oldies but Goodies

Here’s another one for you guys. I found this Italian-made green & cognac leather bag at a local thrift store. I think it’s adorable. Just the right size for all your daily summer goods, simple enough to wear with a retro-inspired dress or a t-shirt & jeans. Gotta love good vintage. My absolute love for buying vintage has inspired me to start a small shop. Check out LoveBrownSugar Vintage at Etsy for more details. Please feel free to support me! More items coming soon.

Diddy’s White Party: Glamour & Ghetto in One Place

As some of you may know, P.Diddy hosted his annual White Party in the Hamptons this past 4th of July weekend. Well, as expected, it was a star-studded event packed with lots of glamour, a bit of style and a few hot ghetto messes per usual. Peep the infamous countdown to Top 8 Best & Worst:

8. Diggy & Dad – BEST

As an avid fan of Run’s House, I had to give the Simmons boys a quick shout out for steppin’ out FRESH this year. Run is looking very crisp, while still age-appropriate in a clean crisp oxford. While Diggy, keeps it classy in a plain white tee and V-neck knit cardigan with the white-piped Ray Bans…wooo BOY. Can I tell yall how much I LOVE Diggy. A 13-year-old boy that can dress himself flyyer than a man twice his age? A young one after mine own heart…

7. Vanessa Simmons – WORST

Now, as much as I LOVE the Simmons family, not all siblings were created equal….
You would think as a shoe designer that she would be well aware of the widely known fashion faux pas: OVER-ACCESORIZING. Ok so you’re good money with the dress itself – cute. Simple, collared shirtdress, chic. But THEN you wanna add a hat AND shades AND belt AND bag??!

TOO MUCH! Scale back, just a little sweetie…trust me it goes a long way. If I were Vanessa’s stylist, I would’ve done the dress, NO HAT, NO SHADES. And definitely not this gold quilted Marc Jacobs bag from 4 seasons ago…you’re a celebrity now, get an update baby.

6. Nicole Der*******(don’t feel like looking up the spelling) – BEST

I absolutely LOVE the ethereal simplicity with which Ms. Nicole pulled off this look. I think she’s dressed perfectly for the occasion. Simple, clean strapless white dress. Adorable headband with just a touch of white and gold. And then the soft waves set the right mood for the look she was trying to achieve. You see kids, it doesn’t take that much to pull off a look. You just have to stick to the theme and exercise a little restraint. It goes such a long way!

5. Kim Porter – WORST

Speaking of simplicity, Kim Porter surely didn’t take a lesson from that guidebook. I absolutely applaud her for keeping the emphasis on the headgear and toning it down a little with the dress. But no matter how beautiful she is, and how nice the other aspect of her attire are, I can’t let this headband lean & rock…I’m SORRY but TOO MUCH. I’m all about the incorporation of ethnic pieces into wardrobe, but I think this headband could have been reworked a little and possibly tamed down just a FEW strands. Homegirl is looking like she just stepped out of Slumdog Millionaire. I love a good Bollywood, but not at Diddy’s white party. Sorry Kim…

4. Amber Rose – BEST

Though I’m not usually a fan of baring this much skin, with a body like Amber’s – it can certainly be done. What makes this ensemble great is that, although she chose to bare alot of skin out back, she keeps it very elegant with high-neck chiffon in front and she makes sure NOT to overdo it by pairing the skimpy top with flattering skinny white pants and dainty heels. And the face is just clean and glowing, as it should be at an affair like this one. Good job Amber. But where’s Kanye??

3. Cassie – WORST

Cassie, oh Cassie…where do I begin? To start things off, this hairstyle is NOT growing on us! It was bad then and it’s still bad now. Get some tracks sewn to the other half of that bald head and KEEP IT MOVIN…I’m done! Second, this is a white party, NOT a beach party. Take that bikini off under there and try a white underlininng next time? Sheesh…

2. Demi & Ashton – BEST

Who doesn’t love this cute Hollywood couple? They’re both looking chic from head to toe. Demi opted for a very clean, sophisticated look with the slick-back bun, this beautifully textured strapless dress with BANGIN accessories. I’m loving her cuff bracelet with the large white stones..and the SHOES? Do the stanky leg Demi, cuz ur doin the damn thing. And Ashton – how adorable is he, like all the time? He’s looking very classic and well put together in this white suit paired with a simple white tee and shades…very nice, you two.

1. Lil’ Kim – WORST

I mean, was this any surprise?? Sadly enough, this is one of the best outfits I’ve seen Lil’ Kim rocking to date. That still doesn’t take away the fact that it’s trashy and over-the-top. It’s gonna take a little more fabric in that midsection for me to believe Lil’ Kim didn’t cop this from the Stripper/Hoodrat collection on Crenshaw.

Anyone remember when Lil’Kim was black? Oh, had to throw this one in there…Purple star pasties anyone?? Ahh good times with Lil’ Kim…

Sick Site Spotlight: Looklet.com

Flipping through this month’s issue of Lucky Magazine, I stumbled upon an online fashionista’s dream: a website that actually allows you to try different clothes on a model! Anyone remember the days when this could only be done in person? That’s what stylists are for, right? Well, the geniuses who’re responsible for all of today’s wonderful technology have devised another way for us gals to occupy our time. Now, you don’t have to wait for it to come down a runway. You can stick it on the model, when you want and WHERE you want. There’s a feature that allows you to change the backdrop of the scene! Cute huh?

I highly recommend for fun..not so much for shopping UNLESS you have dimensions that match those of the models. I’m still a fan of in-store try on (call me old-fashioned) but for those of you IN LOVE with online shopping – this goes out to you.

Here’s a look I created with a DVF dress and Urban Outfitters necklace…I need to be on this beach:

Try it out for yourself at http://www.looklet.com

Trend Alert: Convertible Chain Shades…FIERCE or Foolish??

Call me a Fashion Forecaster because I saw this one coming long before it was in stores!! I remember it like it was yesterday. It was about a year ago when I saw some old lady wearing her glasses with a nifty little chain around them. Mind you, I hadn’t seen anyone actually wearing glasses with a string around them in AGES. And I turned to my BF and said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if someone designed REALLY FLYY glasses with a blinged out chain on ’em?” And who did I mention rockin this first?? Your fashion highness, Mr. Kanye West. Well, low and behold Kanye didn’t rock ’em first BUT his fashion-forward girlfriend Amber Rose was definitely spotted in these vintage Chanel shades on the street not too long ago. And now, if you like dishing $200 + for a pair, you can snag some too:

The dearly beloved Patricia Field is now selling these flashy specs for a hefty $250. If the mass-retailers know what’s good for them, they’ll catch on and start selling these buddies for about $10 a pop. They don’t look that expensive to make. Hell, I might start making them! Anyway, until further notice check http://www.patriciafield.com/sunglasses.aspx to find these.

Sidenote: Please check the first product on the Patricia Fields “Sunglasses”. Why the hell are these call “Ghetto” shades?? I feel like that’s definitely politically incorrect HAHA. And why are the “Ghetto Shades” the CHEAPEST PAIR ON THE PAGE?? I’m mad at that…get it together Patricia.

Ghetto shades though??

Rando Street Shots: Slashed Tights

Working in the midst of Times Square I’m less than excited to walk outside for lunch, to say the least. In a sea of “I LOVE NY” family t-shirts, slow-walking tourists and disposable cameras…I can only hope to make it across the street without strangling someone before my lunch hour is over. Among all things, I never expect to spot new trends or see anything fashionable pass before me because all the REAL New Yorkers would never commit lunchtime suicide by passing through Times Sq. Very different from my gig last summer on the lustrous and luxurious streets of 5th Avenue.

Anyway, to my surprise, I found something “interesting” on the street today. I won’t say it was fashionable…yet. But it was definitely interesting:

Now I’m not really sure what to say about these…they’re definitely “interesting”. And honestly after stalking this girl for 1.5 blocks to try and get a decent pic, they honestly started to grow on me (no homo). They’re simple black leggings that have slashed cutouts on the side..taking them from normal to “risque”. At first, I assumed Ms. Risque (she shall be named) just cut these out herself. However, upon further research I discovered that they actually come ripped these days. Here’s a cool pair from Shopbop:


I honestly like the side-slashed pair a whole lot more because the slash is more subtle and a little more demure. Slashes in the front are a bit too 80’s for me. What do you think?

Michael Jackson: Style Icon

It has been a little over a week since the passing of the great King of Pop, Michael Jackson. At the tender age of 50, he left us and simulataneously created one of the greatest media frenzies in history. Sources say large database websites like Google and Twitter were out of commision for minutes at a time because of all the buzz about Michael Jackson’s sudden death.

Aside from being an incredibly talented and nearly-worshipped entertainer, Michael Jackson was known for his edgy and vibrant style. In fact, there are a number of trends that were started because of him and MY prediction is that there will be a HUGE surge in the reincarnations of many of his trends now that the star has passed away. Here are my predictions:


Clearly there was nothing dull or drab about the late great MJ. Anytime he walked into a room, walked on stage, or graced anyone with his presence – he took the SPOTLIGHT. With sparkly ensembles like this one, you had to pay attention. My crystal ball is telling me, there will be an influx of designers creating jackets and vests with this concept in mind. Gold embellisment, sparkles and sequins will abound, whether it be in subtle detailing or in standout peices like this one!


Michael Jackson was one of the first big-time celebrities to rock the Military trend to no avail. You could always spot him rocking the structured jackets with the gold embellishment, high shoulder pads and fringe. This trend is catching on quickly as some of reputable high-end designers have already started putting peices like this in heavy rotation. Even celebrities like Beyonce and Rihanna have been spotted with the Balmain military jackets and I’m POSITIVE more designers as well as lower end retailers like H&M and Zara will be catching on soon.

Beyonce, sporting the Balmain jacket with a white tank & skinny jeans

Rihanna rockin the Balmain in true MJ style, with the curly hair and dark shades – love it!


Now I know fedoras in general have been making a style comeback since Spring 08. Walk along any tree-lined street in NYC’s East Village and I challenge you to count how many heads are donning a lightweight fedora. However, the black fedora (perhaps in a heavier material) provides a very stylish way to rock a hat in the Fall and channel that old-skool vibe.

4. RED

What better way to channel energy and command attention than in firey red duds. Red is known to be a color that commands power and also insinuates sex appeal. I mean there was never a song like “Lady in Brown”, right? It’s always been the “Lady in Red” that takes center stage. But male or female, this color has the power to attract. And the King of Pop was no stranger to this color as Thriller induced an unmistakeable association between firey red and Michael Jackson.

Well, that’s my forecast of what’s in store for the Fashion world now that MJ is gone. Mark my words, any designer that decides to pick up an entire line dedicated and inspired by Michael Jackson’s style, will be wildly successful. Not just for his legacy and his inspiration, but also because it would be a line of really amazing peices. I’ll be first in line for a sparkly jacket!

R.I.P. Michael Jackson – King of Pop & Style Icon


Oldies but Goodies

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a sucker for vintage. I spend my free time scouring thrift shops and vintage stores to find cool things nobody can hold claim to from any mass-producing retailers. Vintage stuff is always so original, and you really never know what you’re going to find. Anyway, I stumbled upon this EXTREMELY cool leather bag the other day. I think its SO cute, but my vintage bag collection is getting a bit outrageous. Was thinking of selling it on Ebay or something. Anyway, I took some pics. Let me know if you like it:

What I like most about it is the intricate detail and the leatherwork. I also LOVE this color leather. Its like a rustic brown that matches with everything..my fave.

Is Sasha FIERCE? Or foolish…

Rumor has it, Ms. Beyonce and mama Tina Knowles are in the works of launching a new line under House of Dereon that takes inspiration from Bey’s alter-ego “Sasha Fierce”. The line has been in the works and is scheduled to hit stores like Macy’s and Dillard’s this upcoming fall. Here’s a sneak peek at the lineup:

Now as much as I love me a solid black fashion piece, I have to say this is a huge disappointment. When I hear the line is going to channel “Sasha Fierce”, I’m thinking FLYY, EDGY, off-the-wall pieces. To create an entire line of black pieces without a HINT of creativity or innovation is a complete waste of time, money and effort!

Ok so maybe the big names like Versace, Gucci or Prada could pull off an entire line of black pieces and get props and credibility for them – but the Knowles’?? I think not. I’m sorry but these pieces are too REGULAR. How can I call something fashion when I can find an exact replica at a local Walmart?

Really though, let’s assess the situation here:

– a plain black leather jacket with lackluster embellishment…. I’m sure BabyPhat has already got this look covered. Clever, Tina, real clever.

– black leggings and a black tank? Are you kidding? Nobody is going to pay an extra penny to buy plain black leggings with “Sasha Fierce” written on the tag

Honestly, the best thing about these looks are the ACCESSORIES. Those booties and peeptoes I see are the only thing fierce on those models. Now when the acessories speak louder than the clothes, you KNOW there’s a problem.

As far as I’m concerned, Beyonce might be reputable as an entertainer, but NOT as a designer. And Tina – let’s not forget those sparkly cutout costumes she used to slap on Destiny’s Child. Now I was a crazed fan like all the rest of us, but please believe looking back, I dunno WHAT in the hot hell Tina Knowles was thinking:

I don’t know how many of you watch Real Housewives of Atlanta but I’m a huge fan. Anyone remember that episode when Project Runway runner-up Michael Knight made an appearance on the show to help give one of the housewives some advice about her up-and-coming “fashion line”? I will never forget, he said something along the lines of “Designing a fashion line isn’t for everyone”.

He was basically saying, just because you’re rich, famous, think your stylish and have money to spare, DOESN’T mean that a fashion line is something you should pursue. So many celebrities these days think they can just throw together a line and because they are who they are people will buy it. Umm, we’re not dumb. We know a black tank top is a black tank top whether it be from Conway or from the House of Dereon…

Anyway, maybe it’s just me, but with a name like Sasha Fierce, you have to come correct. We don’t wanna dress up in a black skintight bodysuit like you did in “Single Ladies” Bey, so DON’T design one.

We’re trying to look FIERCE not FOOLISH.


BET Awards 09 Fashion Countdown

This past Sunday June 28th BET held its annual Awards Show. Now one of my favorite things about Awards shows, surprisingly is NOT the musical performances but the celebrity fashions. So I have taken the liberty of providing some of my insights and critiques on the best and the worst of this year’s fashions. Let’s begin the countdown with the T0p 10 BEST & WORST that made me wanna look twice…

10. BEST – Taraji P. Henson

OK so must admit I’m a little torn over Taraji’s look at the Awards. On one hand, HUGE fan of all black. It’s sleek, its classy, its chic…

HOWEVER, if you’re going to do skintight black, you have to make sure all your bases are covered. This dress is a bit unflattering for her midsection and she needs a touch of ice on the neck to really make the whole look POP. Other than that, I LOVED the one-shoulder and the spikey hair gave it some added drama.

9. WORST – Niecy Nash

Did somebody say gold lame?? When I saw this look on Ms. Niecy Nash I almost felt out my chair. First, let me say, when us shapely and curvy girls get dressed, we have to be very careful what materials we let lay across our bodies. Gold lame should never be one of them! This dress is all wrong for her body shape. It is cinched in an awkward position at the front bringing attention to her thighs and midsection. The color is reflecting her flaws instead of accentuating those assets. And Niecy girl, you need to get back to puttin’ them flowers in your hair because this is NOT a good look for you.

8. BEST – Keri Hilson

Although this wasn’t my absolute fave look of the night, I applaud “Ms.Keri baby” for being daring and taking a fashion risk with this dress. In the end, I think she really pulled off this look. This could easily have ended up on my WORST list. She saved herself by keeping the accessories simple (next to none), and allowing this creative dress in all its color, shape and flair, take the center stage. Good job Keri. I need to find out who the designer is..

7. WORST – Omarosa

Did homegirl get dressed in the dark?? Omarosa, really tho? Where are you going looking like a HOT pink powderpuff?! This dress is way too young for her, way too poofy and way too 80’s prom. Who is going to take you seriously wearing something like this. Certainly not Donald Trump sweetie, trust me.

6. BEST – Brother rockin the Lavender

Now I’m not an expert on Men’s fashion at all, nor do I know who this brother is, HOWEVER, when I saw this look, I HAD to put him on the countdown. Never have I seen a man rock a lavender blazer so tough. He turned a color that could’ve been borderline suspect into a well-noted fashion statement. I absolutely LOVE the tailoring on the collar of this blazer. And he paired it with just the right combo to pull it off: white oxford and dark jeans. Props to the young man whose name I still don’t know.

5. WORST – Chamillionaire

Again, I’m not an expert on Men’s fashion. HOWEVER, I do know the difference between something that fits and something that just don’t belong. Is it me, or are the EXTRA BAGGY plain-color tees a thing of the past?? And THEN, he had the nerve to pair them with SKINNY JEANS???? Brother, you’re confused. Next time you think of steppin out like this, you need to channel the “Chamillion” within and CHANGE into something more appropriate. Thanks.

4. BEST – Amber Rose

I must say, upon first seeing this look – I was not a fan. Initially, I saw her sitting in the audience next to Kanye and Iasked my friend “Now why is Amber Rose at the Awards in a plain white tee? Not doing enough!”. But then, I stumbled upon these full length photos of the couple to realize she was wearing this open-back Alexander Wang minidress. Although it closely resembles a white Tee like I originally assumed it was, there’s actually a cool opening at the back that makes it playfully provocative. And she really dressed it up perfectly with the hot pink pumps, clutch, and shades. I will say this though, please don’t leave home without some gel pads covering those nips…I saw a bit too much of the full frontal.

3. WORST – Lil’ Mama

Lil’ Mama, lil’ mama, where do I begin? What in the HOT HELL?? Ok so I’m all for the jumpsuits these days. I say, if it looks good on you, do it. And this jumpsuit could’ve been killer…instead its more like roadkill!! Lil’ Mama has fall victim to a true fashion diva’s greatest downfall: OVER- ACCESSORIZING! Black patent leather belt with white piping? And a bright red clutch with a crunchy ponytail to top it off. Sweetie, if you don’t have a stylist – please get one. Because this is not acceptable. And somebody PLEASE tell her to stop wearing those blond squirrel-tails (can’t even call them ponytails anymore cuz ponies look beteer than that) on her head.

2. BEST – Beyonce

So I’m gonna fall in line with everyone else and say that Beyonce’s dress was in my top 2 of favorites for the night. Although I love this Balmain piece, I can’t say Bey rocked it to its fullest potential. Even the best need some work:

a. Too matchy-matchy. We know the dress has green and purple in it, but you don’t need green hoops and purple shoes to play those colors up. The dress is flashy enough in and of itself

b. I know yall like to do things big in Texas, but those earrings need to brought down a notch – all the way down to some elegant diamond studs. They’re taking too much attention away from the gorgeous dress.

c. Slick it back! The wavy hair is great on you Bey, but not with this look. A sleek, slick ponytail would’ve took this look from “cute” to “runway-ready” in 2 seconds flat.

I won’t say she ROCKED it, but she definitely pushed it real hard.

1. BEST OF THE NIGHT – Alicia Keys

What else can I say – the girl looked good! From the hair down to the toes, A.Keys stepped out in tip-top shape. Her outfits of the evening, including the sparkly minidress she wore inside when taking home her Humanitarian Award were amazing. The soft mint color and perfect sheer cut of this dress both compliment her tone and give her just enough skin to look sexy yet still classy. And she’s truly showing off her worldly side with these beautiful Moroccan-inspired beaded accents. Shoes and bag = no fuss. Just a simple compliment to her already-fab threads. Good style, great hair, great rep as an Ambassador for AIDS Awareness..nothing bad to say about Ms.Keys tonight.

Well, that concludes my fashion countdown for the BET Awards. Above all the fashion, celebrity appearances and performances, it was an amazing night to witness all the love and support for the late and great Michael Jackson. May his soul Rest in Peace. Tune in for a special post about MJ’s fashion influence as well as my forecast on how his style will be brought back in heavy rotation for the coming months.